Coast Guard apprehends suspect of stolen Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission boat

USCG file photo

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Coast Guard apprehended a suspect of a stolen 20-foot Boston Whaler owned by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on the St. John’s River Tuesday.

In custody is Michael Scott Noble, 59, hometown unknown.

The Coast Guard was notified by FWC dispatch in Orlando at approximately 7:45 a.m. Tuesday that a 20-foot Boston Whaler was stolen from a marina at Fleming Island 15 miles southwest of Jacksonville. Naval Station Mayport, Fla., security cameras identified the vessel in question transiting in the vicinity of Hannah Park at Mayport at about 8:05 a.m. with one person aboard.

The Coast Guard launched a 25-foot maritime law enforcement crew from Coast Guard Station Mayport. At 8:13 a.m. the Coast Guard interdicted the vessel in question and detained the suspect at 8:20 a.m.

The cause of the boat theft is under investigation.

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